Housing Project Opened In Ballarat

Housing Project Opened In Ballarat

Victoria Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell

Simon Ramsay Western Victoria MLC

New Housing Help For Ballarat’s Young People

Victor P Taffa

Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay has praised new affordable housing in Gillies Street, Wendouree as an important first step in providing much-needed services for local young people.

Mr. Ramsay officially opened “Karrung” today, representing Housing Minister Wendy Lovell.

The new development has 18 self-contained one and two-bedroom units and includes communal living, training and office spaces as well as staff accommodation.

Based on the successful British “Foyer” model, the new homes provide an integrated learning and accommodation service for young people aged 16 to 25 who are undertaking study or work and who may be experiencing or at risk of homelessness and disadvantage.

The service will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be managed by UnitingCare Ballarat with support from UnitingCare Housing Victoria; Ballarat Community Health; Finding Futures; Ballarat Secondary College; the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; the City of Ballarat; and Rotary Ballarat.

“Decreasing housing affordability and the limited supply of private rental properties are placing a significant number of Victorians under housing stress or the threat of possible homelessness. This issue has been made even more challenging by the recent tragic floods that have affected so many.” Mr. Ramsay said.

“Without a home it is incredibly difficult to keep a job, pursue education and training, maintain physical and mental health or get access to important community services.”

“People between 12 and 25 years are the single largest group assisted by Victoria’s homelessness service system and that’s why, if a young person is at risk of homelessness and really wants to make something of their lives, a youth foyer service can really help.” Mr. Ramsay said.

The development at Gillies Street is the result of a partnership between the Australian and Victorian governments. The capital cost of the project of $3.95 Million was met through the Federal Government’s Nation Building Social Housing Initiative. Ongoing funding for support services is being provided by the Australian and Victorian Governments through the National Partnership Agreement Homelessness.

The six-star energy rated development includes environmentally friendly design features such as rain water capture and was built from a mixture of natural and sustainable materials. The name “Karrung” means my place, hut, home or camp in the local Wada wurrung language.

“The service will provide local young people with supported living arrangements for up to two years while teaching them important living skills such as how to cook, manage bills, seek and present for employment.” Mr. Ramsay said.

Simon Ramsay Western Victoria MLC

Simon Ramsay Western Victoria MLC